Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Membership, Amendment 12 (2014)
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Membership, Amendment 12 was on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have required that two of the four at-large non-industry members of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission be from northern Louisiana.
In the proposed amendment, Northern Louisiana was defined as the following parishes and all located to their north: Beauregard Parish, Allen Parish, Evangeline Parish, Avoyelles Parish and Pointe Coupee Parish.
|Louisiana Amendment 12|
Election results via: Louisiana Secretary of State
Text of measure
The official ballot text was as follows:
|“||Do you support an amendment to require that two members of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission be electors from parishes located north of the parishes of Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline, Avoyelles, and Pointe Coupee?
(Effective January 1, 2015) (Amends Article IX, Section 7(A))
- See also: Article IX, Louisiana Constitution
|§7. Wildlife and Fisheries Commission|
Section 7.(A) Members; Terms. The control and supervision of the wildlife of the state, including all aquatic life, is vested in the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The commission shall be in the executive branch and shall consist of seven members appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Six members shall serve overlapping terms of six years, and one member shall serve a term concurrent with that of the governor. Three members shall be electors of the coastal parishes and representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries, two members shall be electors appointed at large from the parishes located north of a line created by the northern boundary of the parishes of Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline, Avoyelles, and Pointe Coupee, and
The measure was introduced into the legislature by Rep. James Armes III (D-30).
The Public Affairs Research Council provided arguments for and against the constitutional amendment. The following was the council's argument in support:
|“||North and Central Louisiana are home to a number of natural resources, including Toledo Bend Reservoir, Kisatchie National Forest, the Sabine River, the Red River, Poverty Point Reservoir, Lake D’Arbonne and Lake Bruin, to name just a few. People come from all over the state to take advantage of the hunting and fishing. Yet the policy commission that oversees these resources has only one North Louisiana member on it. The proposed amendment would bring a better sense of geographic balance to the commission.||”|
—Public Affairs Research Council
The Public Affairs Research Council provided arguments for and against the constitutional amendment. The following was the council's argument against:
|“||Rather than add more needless details to the state constitution, proponents of this change should remove commission membership requirements from the Constitution and place them in statute where they truly belong. A vote against this proposed amendment would send a signal of voter impatience with proposals to clutter the Constitution with minutia. Also, the current method of appointing members is fair. While three of the four at-large members are from South Louisiana right now, nothing in the law prevents the governor from looking for residents from North Louisiana to fill any or all of those spots when the seats become vacant.||”|
—Public Affairs Research Council
Path to the ballot
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- See also: Amending the Louisiana Constitution
State Representative James Armes III (D-30) introduced the bill into the legislature on March 29, 2013. The bill was approved through a two-thirds vote in both legislative chambers. HB 426 was approved by the Louisiana House of Representatives on May 14, 2013. The amendment was approved by the Louisiana Senate on May 28, 2013.
May 14, 2013 House vote
|Louisiana HB 426 House Vote|
May 28, 2013 Senate vote
|Louisiana HB 426 Senate Vote|
- Louisiana Legislature, "House Bill No. 426," accessed January 16, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Louisiana voters to decide on eight constitutional amendments in 2014," June 12, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Public Affairs Research Council, "Guide to the 2014 Constitutional Amendments," accessed September 12, 2014
- Louisiana Legislature, "Bill Info - HB 426," accessed January 16, 2014
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